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Arlington National Cemetery

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Arlington National Cemetery lies in Arlington County, Virginia. The cemetery was established in 1864 during the American Civil War to accommodate the remains of those who died in battle near Washington DC. There are approximately 400,000 headstones for deceased veterans and casualties from all wars fought by the United States since the Civil War, and for re-interred fallen from earlier conflicts. The cemetery is divided into 70 sections and contains 28 major memorials, and 142 minor memorials and plaques.

Arlington National Cemetery is owned by the United States Department of the Army.

www.ArlingtonCemetery.mil

Connections

People

  • Bernt Balchen

    Military | Colonel | Commander
    Norwegian Bernt Balchen was America's greatest Arctic expert of modern times, most notably he was the first pilot to fly across the South Pole. In WWI he served as a cavalryman in the Finnish Army, which fought against the Russians. In 1921, he became...

  • Frederick Bauerschmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munich in B-17 42-37968 'Little Audrey' 18-Mar-44; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3418 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from glider towing mission [Op Varsity, Rhine crossing], hit by flak on approach to DZ managed to release gliders, before losing altitude and crashing 2 miles SW of Wesel, Germany 24-Mar-45....

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Barclay Boyd Beeby was born in Alton and attended Alton schools, including Shurtleff College. Before joining the military, he was sales manager of the Alton Baking and Ice Cream Company (ABC Bakery). He joined the...

  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

  • Chester Biedul

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, rising to Lieutenant Colonel.

  • George Birdsong

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions as pilot on 'Delta Rebel No2'. ...

  • Gustave Bjorkstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17, 42-97407, The As Te Risk. Hit by flak and knocked unconscious just prior to mid air collision with the B-17, 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). 30-Nov-44....

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Blum

    Military | Colonel | IP | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions ETO. 700Hrs coastal anti-submarine patrols. WIA. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), American Campaign Medal.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Donald Beals

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 48th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 494FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF. Armed recce in the Dresden area, Germany in P-47 42-28372 17-Apr-45; shot down by flak while strafing aircraft parked on the ground close to an airfield. Crashed near Lonnewitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 14387 ...

  • William Covington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 858BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 19-May-44 in B-24 42-110153. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH

  • William Duff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Rostock in B-17 42-31447 'Cookie' 11-Apr-44; plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3811 ...

  • Raymond Lacombe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43 in B-24 41-24282. ...

  • Morton Leibowitz

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed on 1 January 1945 when aboard B-17 42-102567. The aircraft crashed on take off from Rattlesden. Morton Leibowitz is buried in a shared grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Colin Nicholson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed on 1 January 1945 when aboard B-17 42-102567. The aircraft crashed on take off from Rattlesden. Colin Nicholson is buried in a shared grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Stanley Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. 24 x combat missions. ...

  • Jesse Sills

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed on 1 January 1945 when aboard B-17 42-102567. The aircraft crashed on take off from Rattlesden. Jesse Sills is buried in a shared grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Robert Yates

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed on 1 January 1945 when aboard B-17 42-102567. The aircraft crashed on take off from Rattlesden. Robert Yates is buried in a shared grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 15:52:49 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Official Website:
www.ArlingtonCemetery.mil

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